One of the dances on last night’s “Dancing With The Stars” was powerful enough to reduce judge Carrie Ann Inaba to tears.
“Dancing With The Stars” contestant Andy Dick’s inspired performance of a Viennese Waltz, set to the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, caused an emotional Inaba to cry in front of the show’s nationwide audience.
Dick, who has battled substance abuse and legal problems, had dedicated the emotional performance to his young daughter Meg, 15, whom he described as “a mini version of me.”
“My kids have had it hard, because I’m their father, and my troubles became their troubles,” Dick said during his pre-dance interview. “I’ve put them through hell. This is the one chance I get to dedicate a song to my daughter.”
“This has been my best year ever, because of sobriety, and getting another chance to redeem myself with my kids,” Dick continued.
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Eventually, Inaba was able to control her tears and deliver some glowing praise to the troubled 47-year-old comedian. “It was like the simplest poem,” Inaba said. “Your movement vocabulary is small, but what you said with those few movements was so beautiful, so thank you for that beautiful moment.
Longtime “DWTS” judge Bruno Tonioli echoed Inaba’s enthusiasm. “Simple, effective, straight from the heart. You had a wonderful fragile quality. You played it straight and you played it well. It’s the best you’ve danced since show one,” Bruno said.
Even the curmudgeonly Len Goodman, known for his biting criticisms, gave some positive feedback. “I’ll tell you this, Andy. You came on to this show a man, and whatever happens, you’ll go out of it a hero. Well done!”
Dick wasn’t the only “DWTS” contestant to impress the judges. Monday night’s episode featured a strong performance by Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and her partner, Mark Ballas, who scored an unmatched 27 out of 30 for their Contemporary routine. Zendaya Coleman and Kellie Pickler also continued their strong performances, with each contestant recording a score of 26 out of 30.
On the other end of the spectrum, beloved boxer Victor Ortiz and partner Lindsay Arnold struggled through their performance of a Paso Doble, scoring just 18 out of 30.
The “Dancing With The Stars” Week Four results show will air tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.